Brían Gartlan

Partner, BDO Dublin

Aviation | Financial Services | Professional Services | Public Sector

Risk & Advisory Services | Corporate Governance | Forensic Services

Executive summary

Brían leads our Risk and Advisory Services team. He has extensive experience in Internal Audit, Risk Management and Corporate Governance at strategic and operational levels. Brían's team provides clients with advice and assurance over internal controls, regulatory compliance, risk management and IT & Cyber Security.


Brían has over 20 years’ experience in Internal Audit, Risk Management and Advisory engagements. Prior to joining BDO in 2012, Brían worked for a large Professional Services firm in both Management Consulting and Internal Audit. In addition, Brían worked for six years in the US as a management consultant for a large ERP Software company. 

Brían has led IT audit, governance, and risk management engagements for a range of clients in both the public and private sectors for the past 20 years. He currently acts as the outsourced Head of Internal Audit for a number of organisations, including a number of recent Internal Audit Key Function Holder appointments.

Brían’s experience spans a range of sectors, including Financial Services, Aviation Finance, Healthcare and Education. He understands the risks that organisations face and how to mitigate them. Brían’s approach embodies the modern definition of internal audit as a consultative and assurance activity.

Brían and his team have particular expertise and experience in:

  • Assurance and advisory services, including Internal Audit
  • Governance and Controls
  • Enterprise Risk Frameworks
  • Cyber Security services
  • Independent reviews and investigations
  • Third Party Assurance assignments, including ISAE3402/SOC1 and SOC2 reporting
  • Sarbanes Oxley (SOx) services
  • Systems assessment and process re-design

Prior to joining BDO in 2012, Brían worked for 6 years as a Management Consultant in the US and for 12 years with Deloitte in Dublin, in both Management Consulting and Enterprise Risk.

Brían is a member of both the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (CIIA). He holds an honours degree in Physics from Trinity College Dublin and a Certificate in Internal Audit and Business Risk from the IIA.

Brían also holds a Certificate in Sustainability Strategy, Risk and Reporting from Chartered Accountants Ireland.